The Associated Press
Published: May 20, 2008
JERUSALEM: Orthodox Jews set fire to hundreds of copies of the New Testament in the latest act of violence against Christian missionaries in the Holy Land.
Or Yehuda Deputy Mayor Uzi Aharon said missionaries recently entered a neighborhood in the predominantly religious town of 34,000 in central Israel, distributing hundreds of New Testaments and missionary material.
After receiving complaints, Aharon said, he got into a loudspeaker car last Thursday and drove through the neighborhood, urging people to turn over the material to Jewish religious students who went door to door to collect it.
The books were dumped into a pile and set afire in a lot near a synagogue, he said.
Israeli authorities and Orthodox Jews frown on missionary activity aimed at Jews, though in most cases it is not illegal.
It wasn't that long ago that the mainstream press in the U.S. was reporting that it is illegal in Israel for Christians to proselytize. Now this article says, "in most cases it is not illegal." What does that mean? In what case is it illegal versus legal? Why is the reporting on this so poor? Why don't they just spit it out?